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Playing Narratives x A MAZE.

16 - 25. November 2022.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 7 p.m., in the Graphic Collective Gallery was opened the international pop-up art show "Playing Narratives x A MAZE" - within the "Playing Narratives" project.

As part of this year's Playing Narratives program, jointly organized by the Goethe-Institut, the French Institute in Serbia and SGA, a unique exhibition of the Berlin-based A MAZE. festival was presented with a dozen of interactive games by authors from all over the world, which players can usually try out in gallery spaces or at festivals - the so-called "arthouse games".

A MAZE. / Berlin is an international festival that focuses on artistic games, game culture and playful media. Each year in Berlin, visitors of the festival experience inspiring talks and workshops, including live music and performances, as well as an interactive exhibition of contemporary media. As a festival that is internationally recognized and relevant in its field, as one of the events that entered its second decade of existence, A MAZE. is often present at other global festivals, realizes projects in South Africa and other interesting parts of the world, and connects all those authors for whom the commercial success of games is not a priority as opposed to their creative and experimental aspect. Pop-up exhibition Playing Narratives x A MAZE. is a unique opportunity for young game creators and the widest audience to get to know a new dimension of video games, which is not aimed at commercial success but at exploring the limits of creativity and the medium itself.

Among the artists who will exhibit their interactive works in Belgrade are Goblin Rage, Fantasia Malware, Arte Interactif (Florian Veltman & Baptiste Portefaix), Albert Birney & Gabriel Koenig, The Bone Borthers, Faezeh Khomeyrani, Robin Baumgarten, Flat Head Studio, Tatiana Vilela Dos Santos and Flan Falacci, who are coming from France, Germany, Denmark, USA, The Netherlands, Canada and South Africa. The curator of the exhibition is Thorsten S. Wiedemann.

Several accompanying events was presented, with guest appearances by the authors and the curator.

As in previous years, the program is supported by the Franco-German Cultural Fund, which was established in 2003 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Elysée Agreement. The general sponsor is Unreal Engine (that is, the companies Epic Games and 3Lateral), while the prominent sponsor is the company Ubisoft Belgrade. This year, the company Webelinx Games from Niš also joined the implementation as a sponsor, while additional support in the implementation will be provided by the French and Goethe institutes from the entire region. The exhibition itself was supported by the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster, with the support of USAID Serbia and ICT Hub Belgrade (through the Serbia Innovates project).

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Graphic Collective Gallery, Dragoslava Jovanovića 11, Belgrade, Weekdays 12 - 20h, Saturdays 12 - 17h, Sundays closed
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